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More trash talk up in Yigo

by Krystal Paco

Guam - It's not your typical dumpsite along a Guam Power Authority access road in Andersen South Yigo.

Yigo mayor Rudy Matanane isn't a stranger to illegal dumpsites in his village, but his most recent find could trace him back to the illegal dumper.

Just behind Ande South that connects to a popular route for runners and walkers along the Yigo Fire Station, Matanane says Guam conservation officers discovered over sixty car bumpers on Monday along with a pile of used tires.

But best part of the finding? Matanane says some bumpers still had traceable serial numbers and one bumper with a license plate still intact.

Working with the Guam Police Department, Matanane says they've launched an investigation that already has a strong lead to an unnamed auto body shop.

He said, "I just want the culprit to know that we got a license plate and it's going to lead us to who did that one way or the other we're going to find out and I think we got about five serial numbers."

According to Guam Environmental Protection Agency administrator Eric Palacios fines for illegal dumping are up to $1,000 per day per violation. Palacios adds GEPA will look into the matter as quickly as possible.

Meanwhile, Matanane says illegal dumping continues to be one of the biggest challenges in his northern village and a major concern as Yigo sits just above the island's northern aquifer and main source of drinking water.

He said, "You've seen it. We've talked about. We've filmed it. And let me tell you it's getting worse. People say that one of the reasons is because the increase in trash collection but hey, we're all responsible and that's not the way to solve the problem. We just got to get together and figure out the best way of disposing your trash."

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